Tavecchio has been waived by the Raiders. With the move, veteran Sebastian Janikowski is now the only kicker on the Raiders' roster as Week 1 approaches.
Tavecchio is in competition with Sebastian Janikowski for the kicking gig in Oakland, Vic Tafur of SFGate.com reports. Special team's coach Brad Seely said of the situation, "Will he kick for us? Well, that remains to be seen. But it's a competition, and we're seeing who's best. Obviously, Sebastian has done this for a long time and has been really good. Obviously, he's the front-runner." Tavecchio has become an NFL travel man, as he is in his fifth training camp with his fourth different team.
The Raiders have added free-agent kicker Giorgio Tavecchio to the roster for 2015, the team announced Tuesday in a press release. Tavecchio played with Oakland in the preseason last year before being cut. He was claimed by the Lions, but never played.
The Oakland Raiders made their final cuts before Saturday's deadline. The team parted ways with WR Greg Little, RB George Atkinson, DE Denico Autry, CB Chance Casey, OL Jack Cornell, DE Jack Crawford, LB Carlos Fields, LB Bojay Filimoeatu, LB Spencer Hadley, OL Danny Kistler, OL Erle Ladson, DT Ricky Lumpkin, OL Lamar Mady, TE Jake Murphy, WR Seth Roberts, DE Ryan Robinson, S Brandian Ross, OL Jarrod Shaw, TE Scott Simonson, RB Jeremy Stewart, K Giorgio Tavecchio and FB Karl Williams.
The Lions have announced all their cuts in getting their roster down to 53. The offensive players released are fullback Chad Abram, quarterback James Franklin, linemen Michael Williams, Garrett Reynolds and Darren Keyton, wide receiver Kris Durham, running backs George Winn and Michael Egnew. The defenders gone are cornerbacks Chris Greenwood, Mohammed Seisay, Nate Ness, Aaron Hester and Jonte Green, end Darryl Tapp and linebacker Shamari Benton. Placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio and punter Drew Butler have also been cut.
|* indicates player did not play that week|